Friday 28 November 2014

today's weather Today's Weather
Early patches of drizzle and rain in southern coastal counties soon clearing, dry otherwise. Rather cloudy in many places today, but some bright or short sunny spells developing. Mild for the time of year - top temperatures 10 to 12 C., with the fresh easterly breeze moderating also.

Tonight's Weather
Mostly dry tonight, with a mixture of cloudy misty periods and some clear spells. Fog will form locally also in almost calm conditions. Lowest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees.

today's weather Tomorrow
Mostly dry again tomorrow, with early fog clearing gradually. Rather cloudy in the main, with some mist about, but some bright or short sunny spells here and there also. Top temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees.

3 Day Outlook
Saturday night: Dense patches of fog will again develop overnight. Otherwise the night will be generally dry and mainly frost free. Lowest temperatures of 2 to 5 degrees.

Sunday: Fog will continue to linger through much of the morning, and it may not clear from some areas at all. Otherwise the day will be dry with light winds and bright conditions. Where the fog persists the day will be cold with temperatures remaining around 4 to 6 degrees. But where the skies are clear, it'll be a mild day with temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees. Further dense fog on Sunday night as well.

Monday: Fog patches will again linger through Monday morning in the east and middle part of the country. But rain spreading from the west through the day will bring a clearance by evening. No fog on Monday night, but clear skies will lead to widespread frost and temperatures around freezing.

Tuesday: A bright fresh day with scattered showers across Connacht and west Ulster but mainly dry elsewhere. Highest temperatures of 6 to 8 degrees in moderate westerly winds.

Rest of week: High pressure will lead to mostly dry weather, but fog will continue to be a problem.

Irish Water Safety - Stay within your depth when swimming in open water
Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to stay within their depth when swimming in open water during this current spell of hot weather, following an analysis of the thirteen drownings in last year's heat wave.

  • Swim at Lifeguarded waterways -
  • If there is no Lifeguarded waterway nearby then swim at a recognized, traditional bathing area
  • Swim within your depth - stay within your depth
  • Use local knowledge to determine local hazards and safest areas to swim
  • Ensure that ringbuoys are present
  • Make sure that the edges are shallow shelving so that you can safely and easily enter and exit the water
  • Only drink alcohol after your aquatic activity has ended. Stay Away From The Edge after you consume alcohol
  • Never bring inflatable toys or floating killers to beaches, lakes or rivers

The majority of drownings, 62%, occur inland where river and lake beds can be difficult to see and therefore extremely difficult to determine if you are swimming within your depth. The onset of cramp, combined with the panicked realisation that you are out of your depth can have tragic consequences and be compounded further by the muscle cooling effect of longer periods in open water. Bear in mind that in a recent analysis on drowning over the last 25 years we discovered that 32% of drowning victims had consumed alcohol so stay away from water when you have been drinking.

  • Shout to the casualty and encourage them to shore. This may orientate them just enough
  • Reach out with a long object such a branch or a piece of clothing but do not enter the water yourself
  • Throw a ringbuoy or any floating object and call 112 for the coast guard